School kids may get to use face shields, says minister

The health ministry is studying whether to allow face shields instead of face masks for school children.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking into the use of face shields for school children instead of face masks, said senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the matter had been brought up to the health ministry, taking into consideration the families who could not afford to buy disposable face masks.

“With face shields, you only need to buy them once; they can be washed or cleaned and be used for up to four or five months.

“We also requested the ministry to conduct a study on the use of fabric face masks which can be sewn personally, is washable and need not be changed daily,” he told reporters at a media briefing at Parliament House today.

Ismail said the ministry was also urged to consider if women wearing the purdah be allowed not to wear a face mask. Should this be approved, it will be announced later, he said.

The government has not made face mask compulsory for school children, but masks are required to be worn by those using public transport and at congested areas.

Ismail said the government has not decided on whether to ban inter-state travel to curb the spread of the virus from the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah.

As of yesterday, the Sivagangga cluster has infected 45 people in Kedah, Perlis and Penang.